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My Church is Kind of a Big Deal

Joshua Gresham
March 18, 2018

Isaiah 58:1-14 (NLT)
Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast. Shout aloud! Don’t be timid. Tell my people Israel of their sins!
Yet they act so pious! They come to the Temple every day and seem delighted to learn all about me. They act like a righteous nation that would never abandon the laws of its God.
They ask me to take action on their behalf, pretending they want to be near me. ‘We have fasted before you!’ they say. ‘Why aren’t you impressed? We have been very hard on ourselves, and you don’t even notice it!’ “I will tell you why!” I respond. “It’s because you are fasting to please yourselves. Even while you fast, you keep oppressing your workers. What good is fasting when you keep on fighting and quarreling? This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me. You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like reeds bending in the wind. You dress in burlap and cover yourselves with ashes. Is this what you call fasting? Do you really think this will please the Lord? “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. “Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. Then when you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply. “Remove the heavy yoke of oppression. Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors! 10 Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. 11 The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. 12 Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes. 13 “Keep the Sabbath day holy. Don’t pursue your own interests on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it with delight as the Lord’s holy day. Honor the Sabbath in everything you do on that day, and don’t follow your own desires or talk idly. 14 Then the Lord will be your delight. I will give you great honor and satisfy you with the inheritance I promised to your ancestor Jacob. I, the Lord, have spoken!” 

Luke 14:15-24 (NLT)
Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!”
16 Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. 17 When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ 18 But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ 19 Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’20 Another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ 21 “The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ 22 After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ 23 So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. 24 For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’” 

1 Timothy 2:1-6 (NLT)
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 
Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. 


March 18 Announcements


Palm Sunday in the Park Postponed

Unfortunately, due to the weather forecast, we’ve had to postpone our Palm Sunday in the Park service that was scheduled for this Sunday morning (3/25), but don’t get sad just yet. We’ve got two awesome services planned at the Graham Cinema this Sunday at 9:15a and 11a. We’ll still be celebrating communion together, and, since we couldn’t hunt together, we have a fun at-home easter egg hunt kit ready for all our parents to take with you this week.

AND, we’re going to move our service at the park to Sunday, April 29th at 10:30am! So mark your calendars now for a Trailhead Party at the Park on the last Sunday in April. We’ll also be postponing our baptisms to that day as well, so if you’re ready to take your next step, there’s still time to signup to be baptized! (See more info at Party in the Park event below.)

Pathfinder Classes

April 8 @ 9:15 am

If you’re new to Trailhead we’d love to invite you to our Pathfinder classes. Pathfinder is a four-week course, and throughout each session you’ll learn what Trailhead is all about, what it really means to be a follower of Christ, how to connect with others, and how you can grow and invest the gifts God placed inside you. Each class will take place during the 9:15am service on Sunday morning. You’ll be able to drop your kids off at Trailhead Kids, then we’ll meet just across the street at The Co|Operative.



We will be placing another t-shirt order soon. Place your pre-order today!

Party in the Park

April 29 @ 10:30 am

Mark your calendars for April 29th as we celebrate all that God is doing at Trailhead during our Party in the Park! We’re getting the entire Trailhead community together for one special family service at Bill Cooke Park in Graham at 10:30am, with all kinds of activities and games after service. We’ll have a picnic lunch, kickball, and Zorb soccer, just to name a few. Make sure you bring a side dish or dessert to share and the church will provide hotdogs and drinks. This is a can’t-miss event for the entire family.

We’re also pumped to celebrate with those being baptized during our Party in the Park service. If you’ve made the decision to follow Jesus, baptism IS your next step, and all of us want to celebrate with you! Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the unity and support of fellow believers as you go public with your faith. Find out more about baptism and signup below.

Sign Up For Baptism

  • We have a special shirt for you to get baptized in, just let us know what size you'd like.


March 21st @ 7pm

Looking to make some connections, and grow deeper in your faith? Come out to the Trailhead ladies Bible study at The Co|Operative every first and third Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Use the links below to catch up on our current video study, and join the Trailhead Ladies Facebook group to hear all the latest and stay connected with the friends you make each week.


March 28th

The Trailhead Men’s Bible study meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at The Co|Operative. Come out at 7pm and connect with some men who can help sharpen you and support you. Use the links below to catch up on the videos in our study, order the book we’re following, and join the Trailhead Men Facebook group to hear all the latest and stay connected with the guys you meet each week.

Managing Your Money

May 6 @ 11:00 am

​This May, we’ll be offering a four week course all about how you can improve your financial situation using biblical truths. Each week you’ll learn practical tips from people who know what it takes to get out of debt and set yourself up for lasting success. If you’re looking to find a better way in your finances, signup below! Each class will take place during the 11:00am service on Sunday morning. You’ll be able to drop your kids off at Trailhead Kids, then we’ll meet just across the street at The Co|Operative.


Serving is a great way to connect with others and find your passion, while helping to reach others with God’s love. If you want to get involved, the best way to start is by filling out our volunteer application. We can’t wait for you to join the Trailhead team!


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At Trailhead we believe that finding a better way requires making authentic connections with others. Trail Guide Groups are the perfect way to create and maintain those essential connections. Join a group and find out why we believe we’re better together.

Whether you’re meeting new people or deepening relationships with those you’ve known for years, these groups will provide you with the resources and the catalyst to start and maintain thriving relationships with others and with your church!

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